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By mihkel183 ·
Hello!I have a problem with my new hard drive.I placed seagate 120gb hard drive and tried to format it with partition magic and as a reslut it became 111gb drive?Can anyone help me how to format it that it would be 120gb not 111gb.If there any programs that i can use?

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by D_V Ant In reply to hard drive problem

The hard drive manufacturers give hard drive sizes in unformatted size. Formatting the drive uses some space for creating the files system, the master boot record and other overhead. 111GB is probably all the usable space that is available on the drive once it is formatted.

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by stroke311 In reply to hard drive problem

Harddrive makers use the formula 1000 megs = 1 gig. In reality there 1024 megs that = 1 gig. Since Microsoft uses the 1024 meg method it allway shows less than the harddrive makers write on their drives. Hopes this helps, Frank

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by OTL In reply to hard drive problem

Tried FDISK then formating ?

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by wcp In reply to hard drive problem

I believe stroke311 was right.
Most of the HD manufacturer (including Seagate) uses disk capacity based on
1 GB=1000 MB=1000000 KB=1000000000 B.
Partition Magic and others (including Windows) may use a convention of
1 GB=1024 MB=1024*1024 KB=1024*1024*1024 Bytes.

So, 120GB = 120000000000 Bytes or 120000000000 / 1024 / 1024 / 1024 = 111.8 GB, Which is what you got.

Reference: http://tinyurl.com/2z322

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by shuja52 In reply to hard drive problem

Yes in general every products of 1000 KB actually is 1024 KB and thus the result of 118 GB instead of 120 GB

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by Tech_X In reply to hard drive problem

I've installed many hard drives...I work in IT...It is normal to see less than 120GB on a drive because 60, 80, 100GB drives are often less than an actual size 120GB given to the buyer. here's a link from wired news that explains-
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0%2C1367%2C60505%2C00.html

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by rkuhn In reply to hard drive problem

I, for one, can't believe that garbage that Seagate has on their website.

Yes, numerous people answered this incorrectly and some got it right...binary vs decimal. 120GB isn't 120GB due to 1,000k vs 1,024 and so on.

And I know manufactures have been doing this for years and years. But the Seagate website actually talks about pre and post formatting...that's embarrassing...I hope that lawsuit goes thru successfully.

I can understand "rounding", but to blanantly lie is a whole other story.

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